The BEST STIHL & ECHO Hedge Trimmers? Side By Side Comparison ► Which Did We Like Better?

Today Brandon and I did a pruning job for one of his customers, and we brought out the ECHO 2420 and the STIHL HS56 hedge trimmers. We had a lot of work …


  1. Hi Brian. Jim Shanks here from J.S.G.S N.Ireland. I do enjoy your videos. Both Trimmers are good, but relatively speaking the Rotational Handle is essential when pruning ornamental trees, shrubs etc. Regards Jim from J.S.G.S

  2. Love the videos Brian, what comes to mind is what the neighbors think when your shooting these videos. 😂😂 “what the heck are these two guys doing in the neighbors yard”. Lol keep it up!

  3. I've told customers hourly rates before. It almost always back fires. Even at 90/hr for two guys which is piss poor for my area and people have conniption fits. I will almost always stay with per job not per hour.

  4. Do battery powered hedge trimmers or even other battery powered ope have a place in a professional lawn care company? I hardly see any guys using battery ope on the job. Some battery units I have used perform quite well.

  5. Depends on the situation. Too many variables. $65 just to have the machine in my hand, then from there on up. I use a poulan pro (pp2822) as my prior machine was stolen out of truck bed approx 4 years ago. All my tools basically live outside in the elements and by some standards are abused severely. Case point it got left in a wheelbarrow during a nasty storm wheelbarrow filled up so did the trimmer. Didn't need it for a week or so I bet you can imagine what happened. Only thing that has been replaced on it in all that time is a primer bulb and that was just done about one week ago! I think in the end the reason why I have a PP is because of my more expensive unit being taken from me buy an unsavory individual if you get my meaning.

  6. I would go for the Stihl just because that's what I have the best dealer support for and parts as well as the HS46 I am looking at is the lightest I have ever felt. Currently running a cheaper 4-stroke which is like holding a box of bricks its so heavy and a somewhat lighter 2-stroke which is good for diosmas etc. which need the faster tip speed. We charge by the job for hedging too.

  7. $10 a bush for bushes like the size that you are doing on this video. A little less for smaller ones and a little more for bigger ones. For hedges, $1 for knee-high, $2 for waist-high, $3 for shoulder-high times the linear feet of the length of the hedge. Occasionally you will get a taller hedge that would $4 a linear foot. I am currently using a Echo hedge trimmer.

  8. I price per bush tiny 2$ med 4$ mature boxwoods lets say 4×4 20$ if it's a bunch and very over grown I charge a 30$ cleanup fee on top of the job and I'll add 5$ for the bags so they're not coming out of my pocket regular trimonthly maintenance comes out pretty cheap though since it's just trimming. Always depends on the job but Yea per bush.

  9. Love the videos brother hope to see ya at the GIE… I've got a hc152 echo nothing to fancy since I rarely do trimming but occasionally do it, but my only complaint with it is I think it could be built better mainly talking about the plastic handle. I've replaced 2 handles on the unit since I bought it. Definitely a pain to do, but other than that love my echo equipment and will he more than likely switching to all echo for next year. Thanks for all the great videos and hope to see yall at the GIE have a blessed one brother.


  10. I price per job, never per hour. You get more excepted jobs that way and people get funny about hourly rates. They don't understand the business end and just compare your hourly rate to theirs. It usually works out to $80-$100 an hour. My system is to price per item based on size and growth. If there's a large bulk, I'll soften the price somewhat.

  11. Hey Guys! Do you do any Selective Pruning after your done taking off the new growth? I always have have my hand pruners in my pocket and when I’m done I will reach into the bush and trim out some branches so the sunlight can get into the bush. Helps prevent the dead stuff on the inside and just the green on the out side!

  12. If they get mulch after Hedges ill with mow too I'll throw it in for one hundred but if they just want hedge only it's two hundred and up all depends on how often I am paid to come on property basically I need a dollar a minute no matter what is the bottom line.. Plus I basically include mow with hedge and possible gutter all package price to keep busy year round great video

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